Set the TIVO for Saturday, August 2nd when all the action from Tulsa airs on VERSUS!
TULSA, Okla. (July 20, 2008 ) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) tour awed fans in the Tulsa Convention Center during the Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino on July 18-20. In only his second event of the season, two-time (2005 & 2007) PBR World Champion, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) dominated the competition and came away victorious with 275.75 points. McBride added $30,180 in PBR bucks to his bank account with the event win.
“The bulls were simply outstanding this weekend,” said McBride after the event. “Cody Lambert [PBR Livestock Director] put together a great set of bulls in Oklahoma. We won’t see another set like this until the [2008 PBR World] Finals.”
In round 1, McBride scored 87.5 points aboard 5G Farms Bucking Bulls’ Hat Rack. The score put McBride in tenth position to pick his bull during the draft on Saturday. He selected an old foe, Gnash, owned by Rafter 7R Bucking Bulls, for his opponent in round 2. McBride sustained the shoulder injury that side-lined him for the first half of the 2008 BFTS season against this bull in Chihuahua in 2007. However, the rematch proved successful for McBride when he claimed the round victory with 93.75 points against the great bull. Yet, Round 3 went to the bulls when McBride was turfed by Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Blizzard short of the eight second whistle.
Going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, McBride was in 2nd place with scores on two bulls. During the draft held at intermission, McBride chose to ride Voodoo Child owned by Beutler & Son Rodeo Company. This was another triumphant choice for the World Champ when he brought the Tulsa Convention Center to its feet with a 94.5 point ride.
“I talked to Rhett [Beutler] a lot about his bull in the Championship Round,” said McBride. “I knew if I got the chance to pick any bull in the pen, I was going to pick him [Voodoo Child]. He hadn’t ever been ridden and Rhett told me he wanted to see somebody make the whistle. I was pysched up to get on him.”
McBride has virtually re-written the bull riding history books over his 10 year career. His resume boasts 31 event victories, 67 90+ point rides, and more than $4.9 million in earnings. Although he has only attended two events this season, McBride currently sits in the top 50 of the Qualifier Standings. Will McBride make the 2008 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals by attending only half of the events in 2008?
“It feels good to get the first win of the season out of the way,” laughed McBride. “I would have preferred to get it at my first event back, but it’s great to win here in Tulsa.”
As the winner of the Tulsa event, McBride got the opportunity to select his opponent for the next Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot Grudge Match in Edmonton, Canada. He was able to pick his opponent from a list of elite bull riders that included previous World Champions, riders in the Top 10 BFTS standings, and 2008 BFTS event champions. Being no stranger to fierce competition, McBride picked non-other than number one man in the world, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil).
Taking second place overall was veteran bull rider, Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) with 274.25 points on three bulls. White cinched the finish with an amazing 95.75 point ride aboard Troubadour owned by Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls. This ride marked a tie for the highest scored ride of the 2008 season. He added $20,280 to his PBR earnings and moved into the top 10 in the chase for the 2008 PBR World Championship. “Today, Mike White had the best ride I think I’ve ever seen,” said event winner, Justin McBride.
Number one man in the world, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) held down third place and continued to put distance between himself and the field of 45 cowboys for the 2008 PBR World Championship race. He scored 266.75 total points and added $12,280 to his pocketbook. 2008 Daisy Rookie of the Year contender Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) finished in fourth place with 266.25 points and $6,564 in earnings while fan favorite and Oklahoma bull rider Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) wrapped up fifth place with 264.5 points and $5,988.
The bulls were once again in competition in Tulsa with the PBR Bull Team Challenge. Lone Star Bulls claimed the $15,000 event win with 222.5 total points. The Tom & Jerry Show placed second with 220.25 points and earned $10,000 while Nafzger’s Wrangler Bull Team held down third place with 219.25 points and earned $5,000. The teams are competing for the $250,000 prize to be awarded during the 2008 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Due to coverage of the Tour de France, VERSUS will air all of the heart pounding action from Tulsa on Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Be sure to check your local listings for additional television information.
The race for PBR’s million dollar world title takes the top 45 bull riders in the world north of the border to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on July 24 for the Rocky Cup presented by Dickies and July 25 and 26 for the Montana Tractors Invitational. The VERSUS network airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information, and complete broadcast times.
Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AUS) suffered a torn MCL in his right knee. An MRI is scheduled for tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury. Clark is out of Edmonton.
Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, Brazil) sustained a laceration to his left calf. He is doubtful for Edmonton.
Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) aggravated an old injury to his neck. He will undergo further evaluation in Dallas this week.
BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of round two at the Dickies American Worker of the Year Invitational presented by Pike Electric, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, LA.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during round one of the Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino. Shivers rode his bull, Flying C-130 (Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC) and took home the $5,000 check.
As the round one winner of the Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino, two-time PBR World Champion, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during the second round of competition in Tulsa. Shivers was bucked off of Shane owned by Hebert Bucking Bulls, thus the $5,000 bonus was awarded to the stock contractor.
As the winner of round two, two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) was eligible to compete for the bonus during round three in Tulsa. McBride was thrown off of Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Blizzard. The $5,000 bonus was awarded to the stock contractor.
As the winner of round three, Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) will be eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during the first round of competition in Edmonton, Canada.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and ultimately did not win the Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino event title. As the $10,000 bonus was not claimed, it will increase to $15,000 at the Montana Tractors Invitational in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on July 25 and 26. The bonus grows by $5,000 each week if it is not claimed. Once claimed, it returns to $5,000.
Ford Super Duty Challenge:
As the Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino event winner, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2008 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 2009 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2008 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win the Ford Super Duty Challenge.
Salem NationaLease Bull of the Event:
Troubadour (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 47 points in Tulsa. This honor is acknowledged by an award of $1,250 going to the top bull of each event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull score.
Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:
Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he scored 95.75 points on Troubadour (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino. Consequently, he earned a $1,000 bonus.
The rider who achieves the highest score at each BFTS regular season event, excluding the PBR World Finals receives a bonus of $1,000 for the accomplishment. The PBR athlete who achieves the highest marked qualifying ride during the entire 2008 BFTS regular season, excluding the PBR World Finals event will receive $25,000, while second and third place finishers will be awarded $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. The bull rider who achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.
Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot Grudge Match:
The Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot Grudge Match showcased close friends in its third outing. Dallas event winner, Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) and Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) took on one bull each with the highest scored rider taking the $5,000 prize money. After Lee chose the bull, Mr. Zantrex (Page & Teague Bucking Bulls) Hall attempted Hustler (D&H Cattle Company). Lee was successful in his ride while Hall was bucked short of the whistle. Lee claimed the $15,000 bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 next week in Edmonton.
As the winner of the Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) chose number one man Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) as his opponent for the Grudge Match in Edmonton, Canada, on Friday, July 25.
Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino RESULTS
ROUND ONE: 1) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 91.5 points on Flying C-130 (Teague Bucking Bulls), $7,000; 2) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 90.5 points on Cat Man Do (#10 Bucking Bulls), $5,000; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 90.25 points on Outa Da Blue (Circle T Ranch and Rodeo), $3,000; 4/5) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 89.75 points on Splat Kat (Danny Lemmons), $1,600; 4/5) Helton Barbosa (Douradina, PR, Brazil) 89.75 points on Lightning McQueen (Boyd/Floyd Bull Company), $1,600.
ROUND TWO: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 93.75 points on Gnash (Rafter 7R Bucking Bulls), $2,730; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 90.5 points on Crossfire Hurricane (Page & Teague Bucking Bulls), $1,950; 3) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 89 points on Smash Hit (Diamond S/ExclusiveGenetics.com), $1,170; 4) Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas) 88.75 points on Move It (Diamond K Bucking Bulls); 5) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 88 points on Far West (Martinez Bucking Bulls).
ROUND THREE: 1) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 90.25 points on Holy Smoke (D&H Cattle Company), $2,730; 2) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 88.75 points on Encore (Jeff Robinson/Anchor Bull Company), $1,950; 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 88.5 points on Booger Butt (Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy), $1,170; 4/5) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 88.25 points on Wild Life (Boyd/Floyd Bull Company); 4/5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 88.25 points on Optimist Prime (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls).
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 95.75 points on Troubadour (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls), $2,730; 2) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 94.5 points on Gnash (Beutler & Son Rodeo Company), $1,950; 3) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 91.25 points on Ricky Bobby (HD Page/Bill & Betty Morrison), $1,170; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 91 points on What I Say (Hebert Bucking Bulls); 5) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 90.75 points on California Dreaming (Frontier/Teague/McBride & Wegman).
OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 275.75 points, $30,180; 2) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 274.25 points, $20,280; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 266.75 points, $12,280; 4) Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) 266.25 points, $6,564; 5) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 264.5 points, $5,988.
BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)
1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 10,097 points, $220,484; 2) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 6,901.75 points, $113,606; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 6,705.25 points, $140,736; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 6,367.5 points, $144,285; 5) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 5,820.5 points, $133,922; 6) Mike Lee (Decatur, TX) 5,803.5 points, $244,314; 7) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 5,413 points, $238,656; 8 ) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 5,174 points, $98,015; 9) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 5,148 points, $91,651; 10) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 4,935.5 points, $112,333.